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ESC First Contact Initiative Grant

Promoting careers in basic cardiovascular sciences in Europe

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) supports the future of cardiovascular medicine. Each year the ESC provides €2 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships.

Application process for the First Contact Initiative Grant 2019 is now closed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-July.

What is the grant for?

The purpose of these grants is to provide resources for the setting up of research links by young scientists from European institutions to hosting institutions in a foreign country within or outside Europe. Each grant will provide funds for travel to and from an identified hosting institution and a minimum stay of 10 (ten) calendar days. Applications will be evaluated based on two criteria:

  1. to establish more permanent links, leading to a fellowship or a research affiliate position for the development of a research project in the area of basic cardiovascular sciences.
  2. to learn new skills that will be beneficial to the researcher in their future career, and which can be transferred back to the candidate’s organisation.

Basic rules

  • A maximum of 5 (five) grants of 2,500 Euros (two thousand five hundred) each will be awarded based on the quality of the application
  • They will be distributed in one call per year
  • Successful candidates must use their funds within 9 (nine) months 

Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates should not be older than 40 (fourty) years at the time of the application deadline
  • Candidates must have activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences
  • Candidates must be members of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
  • Candidates must be working in a European institution


Personal Data Privacy

The information collected is subject to data processing to record, evaluate and track your grant application.

The recipients of the data are ESC Staff who process the forms as well as the staff in charge of paying the grant monies.

Data collected will be kept for one year.

These data will be stored in Salesforce.

In accordance with the chapter 3 of the European Regulation 2016/679 with regards to data protection, you have the right to request from ESC, access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data or restriction of processing concerning your data or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability.

For such, please contact us (be aware that a proof of identity will be requested during the process via a secure web link).

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, and for information, ESC has appointed a Data Protection Officer that you can reach by email.


Access Scientific Reports from previous grantees